Key Members of the Team

Our team are professionally trained in Safeguarding, Aim Award delivery, Health and Safety, Risk Assessing, Vocational Assessments, Internal Verification and mental health awareness.

Our team’s commitment to supporting our students and employers is outstanding. Working one to one or in small groups with our students our Student Development Co-ordinators ensure students achieve outcomes way beyond their expectations. We are really proud to work with team members to help them develop in confidence and ability and to help them progress within the organisation.

We are also happy to support volunteers and students keen to do work experience with ourselves.

Helen

Director of Safe Opportunities
I have been fortunate enough to have been trained within the Work Related Learning industry and employed through the local authority before redundancy; I was keen to pass knowledge on to a new team and establish a programme that worked for the changing environment in schools and workplaces.

I am passionate about supporting young people with the transition from school to employment, this stage in their life is pivotal to prepare them for work. Without this vital support, students lose confidence and motivation.

I established Safe Opportunities with the ambition to improve the support and guidance schools, students and employers receive while helping young people. Over the last three years, we have started to achieve this with a range of established programmes and support systems available showing increased participation and excellent progression rates into employment. I am determined to ensure that we continue to support schools and employers and encourage young people to develop into successful independent employees.

Sue

Student Development Co-ordinator / Internal Quality Assurance
Coming from an employment background which lies in both caring and educational settings, I see this role as a perfect opportunity to combine the two. It is so rewarding to watch our students flourish in their work places. I would really like to see an expansion in the work placement programmes as they have proven to be an extremely beneficial resource. I am really excited to be a part of the of Safe Opportunities and look forward to seeing the progress our students make over the next year and years beyond.

Charlotte

Student Development Co-ordinator
In 2018 I graduated from Staffordshire University with a 1:1 BSc (Hons) in Policing and Criminal Investigation. In my final year my dissertation was based on Youth Gangs in the United Kingdom and multi-agency working. I have a passion for improving opportunities for our future generation and understand that not every person is the same, meaning support needs to be tailored to the individual.

I joined Safe Opportunities as a Student Development Co-ordinator in January 2019, part of my role is working closely with the local schools in Crewe to co-ordinate work placements for the year 10 and 11 students.

I thoroughly enjoy being able to work one to one with the , helping them find the path to their future career. It is extremely rewarding to see my students grow in confidence as they gain experience in the work place. This wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support from local employers who give the young people the opportunity to gain vital skills needed for the future.

Sarah

Student Development Co-ordinator
I started my career supporting young people in 2003 as a part time Youth Worker for the local authority. As my love for the job grew, I completed my BA Hons in Youth and Community Work alongside my employment and graduated in 2009. From then I was a fulltime Youth Worker in the local authority before taking redundancy in August 2018. In my experience as a Youth worker I gained skills in many areas including working with social, emotional and health initiatives. I have also managed small teams to develop innovative projects and activities to enhance young people’s social and emotional wellbeing, whilst also being a positive role model and informal educator allowing young people to make informed choices

When I saw the opening as a Student Development Co-ordinator with Safe Opportunities, I was excited to continue supporting young people and ready for a fresh challenge. Safe Opportunities enables young people to experience the world of employment and supports young people to experience and achieve in the work place, giving them the best chance to succeed as they develop and grow into their adult lives.

I hope to see the young people we work with thrive in the work place and gain confidence and self-belief. Giving young people a variety of work and learning experiences can only enhance their education and enable young people and their employer’s ability to support them grow. I hope that by giving young people unique learning opportunities they can develop into who they aspire to be.

"Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand." – Confucius, 450 B.C

Ashleigh

Student Development Assistant
I started Volunteering with Safe Opportunities in January 2018 while studying to complete the "Health and Social Care Extended Diploma – Level 3-Cache". I have now completed my college course and am excited to continue my career working with Safe Opportunities and as a Care Assistant for adults with learning and physical disabilities. The skills I have developed since working with Safe Opportunities are time keeping, administrative skills and being able to speak confidently and publicly with compassion and confidence.

I have always had a specific interest in helping, supporting and wanting to make a difference while working with young people. I will use the skills and abilities I have gained from my own experience to ensure that each student I work with is given the support they deserve. I will also support and encourage them to achieve their best throughout the next chapter of their professional lives.

Previously, my experience has been through volunteering for a range of care settings such as nurseries and primary schools, supporting individuals with learning and physical disabilities and working with the elderly. Most importantly through my work experience I have been faced with and overcome new challenges. I aspire to be a hardworking, professional with a desire to make a difference to young people’s lives.

I am very thankful for the opportunity and am looking forward to working as part of the Safe Opportunities team and especially being able to support each student to achieve their best.

Cheryl

Administration Co-ordinator
I joined Safe Opportunities in September 2018 as the Administration Co-ordinator; I am responsible for keeping all the office processes and procedures running smoothly, maintaining our presence in social media and helping to ensure that we offer the best possible support to our pupils and engage positively with local employers.

Before joining Safe Opportunities, I was a Carer Budget Worker for a Cheshire based charity providing advice, support and encouragement to carers of all ages in the county. Previously in my career I have worked in administration in the NHS, financial services and consultancy sectors.

I have a particularly keen interest in the opportunities available to young people with special needs as my son is on the Autistic spectrum and has learning difficulties. My son has already benefitted from the brilliant support provided by the Safe Opportunities Team in his student work placements.

I am proud to be part of such a positive, caring organisation that supports and encourages young people to look forward to developing into valuable, self-sufficient employees. I am looking forward to both contributing and supporting the values and aims of the Safe Opportunities team.

Lewis

IT technician
I am the IT technician and co-ordinator for Safe Opportunities. I have had a keen interest in computers and technology my whole life. This started with my passion for photography which has given me a lot of experience and skills in order to take professional photos, such as the ones seen on this website. This love for photography also led onto film making which sparked my interest in computers due to the heavy reliance on the editing process in my work. I needed to do a lot of my own research into computers which helped me to understand the hardware and software workings of computers. In the past I have built my own custom PC and have worked on many computers from troubleshooting software issues to mending hardware.

I am currently studying A level Computer Science and using my skills to keep the Safe Opportunities IT systems running smoothly; making sure we are using technology as efficiently and securely as possible and to our full advantage. I do this by keeping all devices updated and monitored. I also advise the team on technology that could be used to provide a better service.

I aim to help Safe Opportunities become paperless to reduce our carbon footprint and support the environment. I like working for Safe Opportunities because I help the team provide a valuable service to prepare the students for a life outside of education which can be difficult for some young people.